Hidden Gems that Won’t be Too Crowded

Explore Outdoor Gems

La Crosse is famous for its many views and adventures… but there are still hidden gems to enjoy! For safe exploration outdoors, you just can’t beat the La Crosse Region. Check them out!

Rim of the City

La Crosse, WI

A lovely drive up into the bluffs lies the Rim of the City. After a short, scenic hike an enormous and awesome view of the La Crosse Region opens up. While Grandad Bluff holds many splendid reviews, the Rim of the City is a hidden gem that rivals in greatness. As it is a lesser-known spot, a private view lies ahead. The best part? If you can weather the cold, it’s an enjoyable stop all year!
W6025 Rim of the City Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601

Lytle’s Landing

Brice Prairie, WI

Located on the outskirts of Onalaska is Lytle’s Landing. A pleasant, moderate stroll is in store on an old railroad track! You can enjoy multiple bridges with stunning architecture among the beautiful creeks and waterways of the prairie. Perfect for an easy walk with the family and pets or a unique bike ride, Lytle’s Landing will not disappoint year-round. The question is, will you wear hiking shoes or snowshoes when you explore?
Lytle Rd, Onalaska, WI 54650

Niagara Cave

Harmony, MN

Hike one mile underground into some of the Nation’s most unique caves! At Niagara Cave you can discover 450-million-year-old fossils, soak in the sites of an underground waterfall and see cave formations, both delicate and large! For more family fun, you can mine for fossils and real “hidden gems” as well as enjoy a round of mini-golf. Open seasonally, the Niagara Cave is truly a unique hidden gem.
29842 Co Hwy 30, Harmony, MN 55939

Explore Unique Organizations

When visiting the La Crosse Region, there is always a bucket list of places to check out… but we’ve picked a few hidden gems you won’t want to skip! Nestled into small towns and a short drive from La Crosse live some pretty memorable sites. Have you explored them?

International Owl Center

Houston, MN

Found in the darling small town of Houston, Minnesota is an internationally known owl center! With learning sessions, a gift shop, international owl artwork, and live owls on site, you will genuinely enjoy your visit. Hosted by owl experts, the knowledge and passion of the center are astounding. For the perfect learning retreat, this is a can’t miss destination.
126 E Cedar St, Houston, MN

Down a Country Road

Cashton, WI

Nestled into Amish country is a unique collection of rainbow shops. The little village hosts a quaint gift shop, a shed of products made by local and area artists, a shop filled with homemade jams, candies and mixes, an ice cream shop, and a children’s shop. The venue is continuously evolving to support the local Amish community and share unique goods.
12651 WI-33, Cashton, WI 54619

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Refuge

Onalaska, WI

When in the Region, visit the Refuge Visitor Center offering a plethora of activities. With an overlook of Lake Onalaska and interactive exhibits of wildlife and habitats, you’re sure to learn a thing or two! Most memorable? The “Walk on Water” exhibit, to see what lies below the surface of the river!
 N5727 County Rd Z, Onalaska, WI 54650

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